Thursday evenings from 5 to 8 p.m. starting June 12, 2014
Join us for family fun Thursday evenings this summer. Nature Nights are fun explorations of plants, animals, and the ecology of Central Texas. Each evening features interactive presentations, hikes with experts in their fields, and educational activities for kids of all ages. Nature Nights are supported through volunteer efforts by Capital Area Master Naturalists volunteers and programs. Thanks to H-E-B, admission to the Wildflower Center will be free the day of Nature Nights as well as those nights.
The Cafe will be open until 8:00 p.m. serving their regular menu items.
Kids 12 and under receive a free gift in the Gift Store.
Please come early as the parking lot fills up quickly. If the lot is full, please park on the street. Please only park in designated parking spots.
2014 Summer Nature Nights Schedule
Thursday, June 12-Plants and Play in the NEW Luci and Ian Family Garden
Come join us and play at our first Nature Nights of the summer. Bill Oliver and his Band will be performing at 6 and 7. Like chess? We will have a giant chess set on our Giant Play Lawn. We will also have BIG bubbles. Try your luck at our ring toss. Look around and find our Plant Petting Zoo. Commander Ben is bringing back his Invasive Hunter Academy to teach kids of all ages about invasive species. If you missed the Kite Festival never fear we will be making kites the kids can fly in the Giant Play Lawn. We will have habitat hikes and a scavenger hunt and more. This will be a night full of play! Come play in the new Luci and Ian Family Garden. A Wildlife Austin Park Ranger will be here with a matching game.
Thursday, June 19-Fossils
If you like Fossils, this Nature Nights is for you! Erich Rose from the Paleontological Society of Austin will be here. They will have a fossil table to explore. Try your jumping skills at our Dino Footprint Jump. The Austin Public Library will have story time. Capital Area Master Naturalists will be here and will have a dino dig. Just what is a petroglyph? Come on by and find out. Texas Archeological Research Laboratory will be here with a table of archeological artifacts highlighting the prehistory of Texas. We’ll have a scavenger hunt and prehistoric artifacts to observe. Wildlife Austin will also be here.
Thursday, June 26-Wondrous Water
Our Wondrous Water Nature Nights will be full of all things water and songs. “Singing Zoologist”,Lucas Miller brings his blend of science-oriented songs and stories to Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center on June 26 at 6 & 7 pm in the Auditorium. Tickets will be given out for each performance. Please be sure to get a ticket when you stop by our admissions area. Once we have given out our maximum seating capacity no more tickets will be given out. He will sell his merchandise after each performance. Be sure to go inside our Grotto and watch the waterfall. Hays County Master Naturalists will have their Rainfall Simulator out. The Thinkery will be out with an activity. The Colorado River Alliance will be here and let us know about the importance of the Colorado River. Do you know just how important the Colorado River is to us in Austin? Come find out. Check out the Central Stream in our new Luci and Ian Family Garden. Explore the Wildflower Center as you go on a scavenger hunt.
Thursday, July 10-Snakes
The snakes are here, the snakes are there, the snakes are everywhere. One of our most popular Nature Nights is back- Snakes. Hear Travis LaDuc speak about snakes. Tim Cole will be here with his assortment of snakes. David Papke Park Ranger with the Parks and Recreation Department will lead a Habitat Hike. Take a look in our new family garden and see if you can find Nature’s Spirals. We also have Bill Brooks with the Horned Lizard Society here. Clif Bars will be set up in the courtyard. And as always, there will be a scavenger hunt.
Thursday, July 17-Wildlife Tracking
Have you ever wondered what animals are roaming around at night? If so, this is the Nature Nights for you. Wildlife Tracking is on our agenda. Our Habitat Hikes will take you on a wildlife tracking adventure. Dave Scott with Earth Native Wilderness School will have casts of animal prints and other animal artifacts. We will have the Wild in the City Trunk from Texas Parks and Wildlife. Make your own tracks with the Capital Area Master Naturalists. Wildlife Austin will be here. Wildlife Rescue will be here with information on what to do if you find an abandoned wild animal. Our scavenger hunt will lead you down one of our trails. You’ll need to be on the lookout for wild animals!
Thursday, July 24-Birds of Prey
Join us for our last Nature Nights of the summer as we fly with Birds of Prey. Back by popular demand, the Blackland Prairie Raptor Center will be here with a presentation in the Giant Play Lawn of our new Luci and Ian Family Garden. Dave Scott of the Earth Native Wilderness School will have a table where you can explore feathers and raptor flight. Travis Audubon Society will be here and will lead our Habitat Hikes for the evening. Tish Corvidae, Horseshoe Bay Resort’s Avian Director will be here with her Eurasion Eagle Owl and a surprise bird. You’ll have to stop by to see what other bird she brings. There will be owl pellets to examine. The Capital Area Master Naturalists will have an activity called “What’s Your Wingspan?”. Clif Bar will be set up in our Family Garden. A Wildlife Austin Park Ranger will be here for our Birds of Prey Nature Nights.